W2010 Launch at W2

Got this from the W2 email list. Do note this is not this “W magazine,” the glossy monthly version of Women’s Wear Daily. This W is probably much less focused on hem lengths and heel heights and far more focused on…I dunno, things people actually have to go to school for?

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Time: March 12, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Location: W2 Perel Gallery
Organized By: Nikki Reimer

Event Description:
W2010
a group reading to launch the new issue of W magazine

readings by

Donato Mancini
Nikki Reimer
Heather McDonald
Jonathon Wilcke
Tony Power
Tomasz Michalak
Emily Fedoruk
Kim Duff
Cris Costa
Edward Byrne
Michael Barnholden
Sonnet L’Abbé

Friday March 12, 2010
W2 Perel Gallery
112 West Hastings
doors 8:00 pm
readings start at 9:00 pm
admission – 5$ includes a print copy of W2010
free admission without magazine
(no one will be turned away )

W2010 features poetry and fiction by Jonathon Wilcke, Nikki Reimer, Tony Power, Tomasz Michalak, Donato Mancini, Heather McDonald, Tiziana La Melia, Reg Johanson, Scott Inniss, Ray Hsu, Emily Fedoruk, Kim Duff, Cris Costa, Stephen Collis, Edward Byrne, Michael Barnholden, Anne Ahmad and Sonnet L’Abbé.

Edited by Anne Ahmad, Stephen Collis, Kim Duff, Emily Fedoruk, Donato Mancini, Tomasz Michalak, and Tony Power.

W2010 is published both in a limited edition print run, and as a free pdf downloadable from the KSW website. The pdf will be available online on March 12.

ABOUT THE NEW W:

“W2010 announces a new formation—both for the magazine and the Kootenay School of Writing. KSW, the more venerable of the two, is 25 years old this fall; W is ten. A new collective structure is in place for the School: a cluster of semi-autonomous yet intersecting “pods” (or “cells” if you prefer a more radical conception), each with its own projects or “areas of influence” (readings / pedagogy / publication, etc). W2010 begins a new conception of the magazine as an annual: this first issue gathers work from the present collective (or perhaps we should now say collectives) written this year; future annual issues will be announced with a themed call, for which work will be gathered and published on-line over the course of the year (see below for the call for the next issue). We hope work will be written dialogically as an issue accumulates: an initial selection of material will be posted, and then responses / extensions / contestations /emendations, etc, as they come; at the close of a year/issue, a print run of at least a “selection” of the year’s material will ideally then be issued.

The work in W2010 might surprise some familiar with the magazine and the School. For starters, there is some fiction here. We are doing our cultural work at a time of unprecedented pressures, as the “long neoliberal moment” (to borrow Jeff Derksen’s phrase) grinds on, responding to the current market crisis not by a return to some sort of neo-Keynsean economics, but rather, with bailouts for the rich and amped up privatizations. Meanwhile the public sphere—already just a pool of faint light beneath one last sputtering streetlamp—seems set to finally wink out altogether. In Vancouver, this has a lot to do with the Olympics, its hundreds of new security cameras, its 1 billion dollar security budget, and its “safe assembly areas” (outside of which we can imagine the majority of the city as an “unsafe assembly zone”). Beside this we have the provincial government’s concerted efforts to privatize, expropriate, expel, and otherwise suppress a still-vital cultural sector. In such an environment, we feel it is essential to broaden and strengthen affinities, working towards something of a cultural front to face “a world that seems to hold together only through the infinite management of its own collapse” (The Coming Insurrection 7). From deep in the collapse, we reach out.”

For more information click here : http://www.kswnet.org/

>>> send your poetry, poetics and contemporary arts listings to info AT kswnet.org for posting to our community calendar

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Front Magazine Call for Proposals

The Western Front

The Western Front

Another from the Instant Coffee email, which you really should be signing up for:

Call for submissions and proposals // Front Magazine // Translation issue,
Summer 2010
Deadline: April 15, 2010

Front Magazine is looking for writing, visual art, design and collaboration
that addresses the idea of what is lost, and what might be gained, in
translation.

We are interested in works that address literal linguistic translation, the
movement of cultural objects from one context to another, conversion from
one media to another, transliteration and transmogrification.

For written works (both artistic and journalistic), the suggested word
count is “short” (most pieces will be 500-700 words). Assignments are
available (please send a sample of your writing). Submissions can be
emailed to frontmagazine AT front.bc.ca.

For full submission guidelines, please see
http://front.bc.ca/frontmagazine/submissions

Front Magazine is published in Vancouver by the Western Front Society and
distributed liberally and for free throughout the lower mainland four times
a year.

********

Front
303 E 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1
604-876-9343
www.front.bc.ca/frontmagazine

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Why I Love Vancouver Launch Party

Vancouver's West End at Sunset by Duane Storey

Vancouver's West End at Sunset by Duane Storey

Stole this off Facebook, where it was passed to me by author Linda Solomon, EIC of the Vancouver Observer:

Why I Love Vancouver Launch Party & Book Signing

Why I Love Vancouver

Why I Love Vancouver

Tuesday, 09 February 2010
18:00 – 20:30
Elysian Cafe
590 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

Hosted by the Elysian Cafe

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Time: 6 pm (Linda will do a short reading at 6:45 pm)
Location: Elysian Cafe 590 West Broadway (corner of Broadway and Ash)

Wine and snacks.
Cash coffee bar with Elysian’s fine blends.
Open to the public. Bring your friends.
Why I Love Vancouver will be available for sale at the launch party for $20.00.

“Intelligent, incisive, and often hilarious, Linda Solomon’s Why I Love Vancouver takes you into the corners of the city. Her keen observations read as a kind of a personal journey, while providing an informative analysis of topics ranging from public healthcare and the Canadian social contract to local politics, personalities, and the impact of the Olympics on her beloved adopted city.”
–Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation

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RAIN Magazine Launch Party

Stolen from the Facebook invitation.

Rain launch party

Rain launch party

Hello Friends!

please join us to celebrate the newest issue of RAIN!

RAIN LAUNCH! issue 4
Wednesday, January 20th 7 PM

it’s 10 dollars at the door BUT you get a
FREE issue of RAIN with ticket
which this issue has a DVD in it!!

Where:
W2 Culture + Media House
112 West Hastings Street

(across the street from Woodward’s)
creativetechnology.org

Featuring:
Speaker: David Eby
Spoken Word: Aly!
Music and Words: Adrian Glynn (http://adrianglynn.com/site/)
Special Musical Guests (email me to find out who.. it’s super awesome, just has to be a secret)

plus much much more!

Please Spread THE WORD!

*we won’t turn anyone away for lack of funds*

rainzine AT gmail.com/rainzine.org

**There are bike racks at the corner of Cambie and Hastings in front of the film school.**

#20 goes straight by it, skytrain, etc., and Parking on the streets, and a parking lot on Cambie about a block away.

———–
List of Contributors in this issue:
Am Johal, Matt Hern, Harsha Walia, Irwin Oostindie, Dave Eby, Richard Smith, Peter Prontzos, Dave Olson, Ben West, Leia Herrera, Sylvia McFadden, Maura Doherty, Patrick Thrift, Zach Bergman, Reel Youth, The Purple Thistle’s Youngunz, Aly D, Emma Wallace, Indigo, Kris Krug, Tara Robertson, Miriam Tratt, Meghan Corsie, Nicola Hodges, Daisy Couture, Karen New, Julie Flett, Eva Dominelli, c.r. avery, Adrian Glynn, Julia Kozlov, Nikol Haskova, Fiona Balazsi, Siren, Anita Olson, Carla Bergman, Wibke Kreft…
-interview with Fish & Bird
-DVD full of awesome films!
-travel writings by Adrian Glynn
-Olympics stuff, lots. Resistance baby, lots
-art, photography, and just a whole lot more!

oh, and if you were wondering:
Rain is an independent anthology zine, run by a group of local Vancouver activists from the Purple Thistle Centre. We care about our community, and our zine is our way of opening up a dialogue about living, learning, and creativity in Vancouver–things to help us get by on a rainy day. We support taking steps towards action, building our community and making change happen.

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Eustace Tilley gets a makeover

Johnny Depp is mad as a hatter if he thinks that lipstick works for him

It’s the 21st Century, folks. That “Edwardian Dandy” look may be okay for Johnny Depp, but if you’re not as gifted in the “devastating physical beauty” category, it’s critical to keep your look modern and fresh. To that effort, the esteemed (if hardly ever, you know, read) New Yorker magazine sponsored a makeover of its beloved, if fusty, mascot, Eustace Tilley.

You can click through all the selected winners (in the finest tradition of literary magazines, I believe not one of them got paid) or you can scroll below to see some of my personal favorites. Yes, I’m a little bit Goth. What can I say: everything old is new again.

Big Daddy Tilley

Big Daddy Tilley

Tilley Makeover Horror

Tilley Makeover Horror

Mr Burns is a Tilley for the new century

Mr Burns is a Tilley for the new century

Zombie Tilley. So hot right now.

Zombie Tilley. So hot right now.

Eustace Tilley goes sci-fi

Eustace Tilley goes sci-fi

and my favorite, and not just because that stupid Facebook quiz told me I was Dorian Gray:

The Picture of Eustace Tilley

The Picture of Eustace Tilley

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This is a post for Blogathon, by the way.